Lot 283 - 1953 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot 283 - 1953 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot 283 - 1953 Jaguar XK120SE Roadster

Lot Number 283
Registration 618 UYL
Chassis Number S674524
Engine Number F1456-8S
Odometer reading 200 miles
Estimate £80,000 - £100,000

Universally acclaimed as one of the most elegant motorcars, it seems extraordinary that the Jaguar XK120 was penned without the use of computer aided design. The flowing lines, one of the finest engines ever engineered and performance unequalled at the time all combined to create an experience that has enthralled collectors ever since. Few can deny the attraction the Malcolm Sayer designs had on film stars and the general public alike. The sensation caused when successive XKs were unveiled at motorshows around the world has not been rivalled since. Indeed, the success enjoyed by Jaguar was not confined to the public roads however and Jaguar racings cars are equally competitive today as indeed they were over 60 years ago. Indeed many specialists now exist catering to models preparing them to fast road and race specification. 

It is with a nod to its racing heritage that this example has been prepared for sale today. Converted from left to righthand drive by the vendor, the body was then stripped to bare metal and, finding that it was in good order throughout, a meticulous two-pack painting process was then undertaken in classic Jaguar silver. At the same time, to aid comfort, both footwells have been extended and courtesy lights fitted to the underside of the doors. The standard bench seats were exchanged for more sporting bucket seats and finished in red leather (original bench items available by separate negotiation). During the re-build, all joints have been polybushed and all nuts, bolts, washers, radiator and bonnet stays are now made of marine-grade stainless steel with Dax adjustable shock-absorbers at each corner. 

The engine has been stripped down and rebuilt by the best in the business, Guy Broad, complete with new conrods, shells and pistons, breathing is through 2” S.U. (autochoke) carburettors with power delivery through a five speed gearbox (original four-speed unit available by separate negotiation). A single Le Mans-style fuel filler cap has be added to the rear deck and, hinting at a previous life on the grid, this model comes with actual factory bonnet louvres. This is confirmed by the fact that the front pair are facing forward to aid cooling. Additionally, like the world-famous ‘NUB 120’ car driven by Jaguar founder, Sir William Lyons’ daughter, Pat Appleyard, twin spotlights can be found at the front. An extremely well-built and well-considered fast road example of Jaguar’s classic XK120.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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